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  1. Oh yeah, don't care about tyres. Almost every set of alloys you see for sale has some sort of ditchfinder on it. Or even worse, them horrible Rainsport 3's that everyone seems to think are actually good. So I fully expect to have to put on decent tyres regardless of what I get. So that's not a problem. Just finding a set of wheels is the issue. As you say, my location doesn't help.
  2. See, I'm all up for buying a set of 18's. If I can find them. Even ebay doesn't seem to have much about. Nothing reasonably local on Gumtree, or on FB Marketplace. For some reason, I can get VAG fitment 5x112 all over the place, but fords 5x108 seems a LOT rarer. I can, admittedly, get the older style ST wheels easy enough though, but I much prefer the updated style, so not gonna waste my time with the older style. Do Mondeo wheels fit the mk3.5 Focus? Is it just an offset question? Or is the CB differences too?
  3. So, I picked up a mk3.5 Focus TitX a few weeks back. Really liking the car. Apart from one thing. The hugely expensive standard tyre size. 215/50/17 is a crazily expensive size. I was wondering what affect it would have to stick a set of 225/45/17 tyres on instead? Thats a much better priced tyre. So, Costco are doing a deal on Michelin tyres just now, so was thinking of going for a set of cross-climates, since winter is coming, and I do live in NE Scotland. I would usually run winter and summer wheels, where I'd stick winter tyres on the original wheels, and summer tyres on upgraded wheels, but since the standard tyre size is already stupidly expensive, I'm not going that route. So here is the costs.. Model Size Price each fitted x4 Crossclimate+ 215/50/17 W £125.98 £477.52 Crossclimate+ 225/45/17 W £85.18 £314.32 So, a difference of £163.20 over 4 tyres. I mean, some people I know wouldn't pay that for the tyres, never mind the difference, between the same tyre, in a slightly different size. The alternative, is to try and find a set of nicer ST wheels or something in 18", get a nicer 225/40/18 tyre, and stick PS4's on them. That'll still only be £311.16 in tyres. Still £184.04 cheaper than PS4's in the standard size. What The Heck. As you may have guessed, I'm not really interested in dropping tyre quality to save money at the same size. I'd rather either stick a slightly different tyre size on, or I'd want to just buy bigger wheels for cheaper tyres. The problem with that then becomes finding a decent set of wheels, for a decent price, ha ha. TD:LR Can I put on 225/45/17 tyres in place of 215/50/17
  4. I too have done similar testing to nitten_traveller. I tested all the different fuel brands that were available reasonably close to me. So all the supermarkets (well, ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons), then the bigger "premium brands" (Shell, BP and Esso). I also tried "premium diesel" where it was available. And I tracked the average fuel economy over 4 tanks of each (as in 4 tanks of Tesco, then 4 tanks of Asda etc...). This was in my 530d that I had at the time, which I bought new, but performed the testing after 12 months, so around 15k miles on the engine, so it was run in to some degree. But as each tank was 550+ miles, I was looking at around 2,000 miles per fuel type, so a reasonable amount of miles. In the end, I noticed almost zero difference in economy. Asda diesel was slightly worse, on average, per tank, netting about 30 miles less between fills. That's relatively significant. The Tesco, then I found Morrisons to marginally be the better of the supermarket fuels. Shell and BP didn't matter between them. Except BP was significantly more expensive, and more awkward for me to get to. And their premium fuels also yielded little difference. In economy comparisons. Although they did feel a slight bit more responsive after the second tank run through them. However, the premium shell diesel near me, from Shell, is a full 11p per litre more than the regular diesel. And so I felt it really wasn't worth it for regular fill ups. Maybe once or twice a year, in case there were any additive that might help flush parts out or something. But not regular for sure. Unfortunately, my closest Costco Fuel Station (Edinburgh also) is around 100 miles away. Else I'd probably try to fill up there most often.
  5. I just used a Sandisk 64GB microSD that I picked up from amazon for around £11. Just stuck the F7 maps on it today. Seems to be working fine.
  6. So, this is my first foray into Ford ownership for something like 15 years away from the brand (I was hanging with Ze Germans). For the past 3 years or so, my family car was a Seat Alhambra (Ok, so the Spanish too. It's basically the same as a Galaxy though, right?). But, alas, it developed a catastrophic engine failure (oil pump), and so I was in need of a new(-ish), reliable, cheap(-ish) motor. So, cue the need to hire a car for a personal trip of over 1,000 miles one weekend, and low and behold, the hire company gave me a... Fiat Tipo. It was ok. But halfway in, when the wife and I were to swap driver, the driver seat height adjustment didn't work. So I had to do the full 500 mile trip myself. Having just that morning travelled back from Norway to Aberdeen, I found myself then driving down to Bristol. Great. Anyway, got down south, and moaned to the hire car company, who gave me a Focus. Drove it back up, and quite liked it. It wasn't OVERLY economical, but then neither was I trying to be. Instead trying to drive right up the country in the quickest time possible, while keeping my license. And it didn't quite make it door to door on a full tank. But apart from that, it seemed like a nice place to sit for such a journey. So decided to have a look. Now, I wanted Nav (I liked the Sync 3 system in the rental), and cruise, as I do such trips a few times a year. Beyond that, I wasn't too bothered about spec. But once I started looking, I didn't notice too much of a significant difference in price between various level of spec. Certainly around me (I was willing to travel upto about 100 miles). Anyway, I found a nice 2015 Titanium X, with 28k on it, and a nice colour (not white or silver), for what looked like a reasonable price. So I went for it. Has a lot of nice features, such as the lane guidance thing, adaptive xenons, Sony sound system, self park, full leather etc... OK, its only Sync 2, but that can be sorted later. Had it 2 days now. Driven it about 40 miles more than the drive home, and have already updated the maps to the latest, ordered carpet mats, as the dealer included rubber ones, which my wife is allergic to, and ordered a bunch of detailing stuff of the Gtechniq variety, for if it ever stops raining. So that's it. That's how I ended up with a Ford again. And I am happy to be back. Meanwhile, I am looking for a "toy" for me. Am a little undecided on what to go for at the moment. I've been looking at Clio 197's amd Audi A8's (for proper luxo-barge cruising down the motorways). BUT, there is a nice Mondeo Titanium X Estate with the 2.5T I have now been spying... Maybe watch this space?
  7. So, it turns out I am a bit of an idiot, lol. For some reason known only to the numbskulls in my head, I thought I needed the serial number off the F5 card rather than off the microSD I was going to be using. So after several attempts of being a tube, I finally popped the new microSD in my phone and extracted the serial number. I then formatted to exFAT as there was that file that was going to be too big. So after that, popped all the files back on, with the first .key file generated from the microSD serial, tested in the car, and voila, F7 maps. £11 off amazon for the microSD was a fair bit cheaper than the £200+ from Ford. Even almost 50% cheaper than the already cheap cards off ebay. And all I'll need to upgrade now is to download F8 maps when they are released. Thanks for the help.
  8. So I have another SD card, would it work just using that? Only one way to find out I guess. EDIT: Quick update. So I tried it initially in exFAT formatting. Wasn't recognised. So formatted to FAT32, and one of the files was too big for the file system. D'oh...
  9. Well, obviously I immediately run into a problem. The SD card is exactly that. An SD card. So wont fit in my phone, and don't have an Android device that would take a full size SD card. Would the Sd.Card.key from my F5 maps work with the F7 maps? Or is there a windows 10 app I can use to extract the serial number?
  10. Excellent. Thank you for this. Great. I'll order up the cable, download the software, and give it a go. What's the worst that could happen after-all?
  11. Great thread. I picked up my first Ford in 15 years yesterday, and had I known about this thread, I perhaps wouldn't have spent so long hunting down a Focus with Nav already installed. Oh well. Not the end of the world, as rather than ending up with a Zetec, I ended up , instead, with a Titanium X with a lot of toys. Loving the adaptive headlights. I would like to enable the nav directions in the cluster though, so that is something I would definitely like to do. The reason I bought this Focus was after getting one as a hire car (a Zetec Special Edition thing, that came with cruise and nav, but was Sync 3. Which I am considering upgrading to down the line as I liked it so much more). But it had the nav in the cluster, which I found useful during my 500 mile drive home with it. Would doing this mod affect my "lane guidance" or whatever system seems to appear in that area? I don't necessarily want to lose that function completely, but when I have Nav on, it would be nice to see the next step in my cluster. Is it an option you can enable "on-the-fly" so to speak? Through the menus in the cluster. Or is it just on once it's enabled, and that's that? I am used to using VCDS with the VAG motors I have been driving for the past 12 years or so, so I don't mind a bit of "coding" here and there. So I am about to pull the trigger on a cable for the Focus. Will be interesting to see what can be done with it. Also, before I found out about how cheap F7 maps were, I had already sourced and downloaded a copy of the map. Along with buying a microSD for the maps. However, I cannot seem to find the keygen for the card. So I cannot seem to make my own card. Can someone please message / send a link to where I can grab it, so I can at least attempt to make up my own F7 card. I would like to learn this, as it means I can re-use the card when F8 comes out. A torrent link would be preferred, or at least some somewhere where I don't have to sign up for a "free trial - just enter your credit card details here", so somewhere like Mega. Thanks. xs2man